Coach McManus enters his 26th season with the UC San Diego Women's Soccer team in 2012. McManus has an all-time record of 417-64-38 in his 25 years on the La Jolla campus.
Brian McManus wrapped up his 25th season as head coach of the UC San Diego women’s soccer team in the Fall of 2011. Widely regarded as one of the best women’s soccer coaches at any collegiate level, McManus has racked up the sixth-highest win percentage in NCAA women’s soccer history, winning 84.3 percent of his games through the 2011 campaign.
UCSD went undefeated during its first 12 games (8-0-4) of 2011, its longest such streak since 1994. The Tritons went on to capture their 10th CCAA South title in school history with a 12-1-3 conference record. McManus earned CCAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Ranked No. 1 in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament, the Tritons were downed by Chico State 1-0 in the second round. UCSD finished the year ranked 19th in the nation with a 13-3-4 overall mark. The team earned the NSCAA All-Academic Team Award with a 3.22 overall GPA.
McManus led the 2010 UCSD squad to its most wins since 2006 (19-3-3) and its first national championship match since 2001, advancing to the NCAA Division II Final Four with upset wins over No. 9 Seattle Pacific and No. 8 St. Edward's. The Tritons defeated undefeated No. 1 St. Rose in the national semifinals before falling to No. 5 Grand Valley State in the national championship match. The Tritons did not lose a match between September 19 and November 5 and they rattled of 10 consecutive victories throughout October.
After leading his 10th UCSD team to a Final Four, McManus was named NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year. In addition, the NCAA honored McManus as coach of the Division III Women's Soccer 25th Anniversary Team. He compiled a 230-28-19 record in 13 seasons at the DIII level while winning five national championships and nine regional titles.
The 2009 Tritons advanced to the West Region championship for the first time since 2006 and finished with a 15-5-2 record. Through the campaign, the Tritons played freshmen and sophomores at 10 of the 11 starting spots. Although UCSD ultimately fell to in penalty kicks to Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Tritons were able to host the first, second, third and quarterfinal rounds of the NCAA postseason.
During 2008, the Tritons earned an automatic berth into the NCAA postseason after winning the CCAA Championship on their home field. With a loss in the second round of the West Regional against fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific, UCSD ended its season at 15-4-4.
In 2007, the Tritons won their eighth-straight CCAA South Division title with a 9-2-2 league mark, earning another berth into the NCAA tournament.
The 2006 campaign, during which McManus was named CCAA Coach of the Year, witnessed the Tritons repeat at league champions after UCSD posted a 13-1-2 mark during the regular season, winning its seventh-straight CCAA South Division title as McManus was named the CCAA Coach of the Year.
McManus guided his squad to another CCAA crown in 2005 with a 4-3 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Nov. 6.
In 2004 his team won its fifth-straight CCAA South Division title before falling in the semifinals of the CCAA Championships, while in 2003 he guided the Tritons to a fourth-consecutive CCAA title.
After consecutive national titles in UCSD’s first two years at the NCAA Division II level, McManus led his squad to a third-straight conference crown, and an appearance in the Division II Far West Region Final in 2002.
Through 10 years of Division II and CCAA competition, McManus’ Tritons have won the CCAA South Division 10 times and the CCAA Championship on six occassions. His squads have qualified for the NCAA Far West Region 10 times and the NCAA Championship game three times, winning twice. Triton Soccer Stadium played host to the CCAA Championship and each round of the NCAA Tournament in 2001, with standing-room-only stadium record crowds for the National Semifinals and National Championship.
McManus has led the Tritons to a total of five NCAA Division III National Championships, including a title in 1999, their final season at the Division III level. Under his direction in Division III, UCSD was the only team in the nation to participate in every NCAA Tournament since 1986. In all, the Tritons were crowned NCAA Regional Champions nine times and National Champions five. Remarkably, UCSD lost just one regular-season game to a Division III opponent in the school’s history.
In 2002, McManus’ squad produced two All-American, four All-West Region and five All-CCAA selections, including the CCAA Freshman of the Year in defender Heather Szafraniec. The 2005 team boasted the CCAA Player of the Year and an NSCAA/adidas All-American in Megan Dickey, along with five All-CCAA and three more NSCAA All-Far West Region honorees.
A three-time NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year honoree, McManus was the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 2001 and the West Region and CCAA Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001 2003, 2010 and 2011. He has also received UCSD’s Excellence in Coaching Award a total of three times, in 2001, 1998 and 1996.
McManus, who came to UCSD as an assistant coach in 1986, is a native of Scotland. He played professionally for Raith Rovers and Aberdeen and spent 11 years as a semi-professional player and coach. He also coached semi-pro soccer in Los Angeles, and previously coached the boy’s team at Torrey Pines High School.
McManus’ Record at UCSD
2011 13-3-4 .750 NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers
2010 19-3-3 .820 NCAA D-II National Runners-Up
2009 15-5-2 .727 NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers
2008 15-4-4 .739 NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers
2007 12-4-2 .722 NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers
2006 20-2-2 .875 NCAA D-II Quarterfinalist
2005 18-4-0 .818 NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers
2004 14-4-1 .763 CCAA Semifinalist
2003 18-3-1 .841 NCAA D-II Semifinalists
2002 15-3-1 .816 NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers
2001 21-1-0 .913 NCAA D-II National Champions
2000 21-2-0 .913 NCAA D-II National Champions
1999 19-1-2 .909 NCAA D-III National Champions
1998 12-3-1 .781 NCAA D-III Regional Qualifiers
1997 20-2-0 .909 NCAA D-III National Champions
1996 21-1-0 .955 NCAA D-III National Champions
1995 19-2-0 .904 NCAA D-III National Champions
1994 14-1-3 .861 NCAA D-III National Runners-Up
1993 17-1-1 .921 NCAA D-III National Semifinalists
1992 12-2-3 .794 NCAA D-III National Semifinalists
1991 15-2-2 .842 NCAA D-III National Semifinalists
1990 14-3-1 .806 NCAA D-III Regional Qualifiers
1989 19-1-1 .929 NCAA D-III National Champions
1988 20-1-2 .913 NCAA D-III National Runners-Up
1987 14-5-2 .714 NCAA D-III Regional Qualifiers
417-64-38 .840 Seven NCAA Championships